Sunday, August 15, 2010

Melted Comfort....

So... with still some left over ingredients from pizza night, I decided to use them to go Italian once again. 
After having been a huge Soprano's fan one dish naturally always comes to mind- Baked Ziti.
Damn you Bobby Baccalieri, thanks to you this dish has been permanently etched into my culinary subconsciousness. Anyways its always a good dish to make and a definite comfort food, equivalent to mac and cheese or meatloaf. Pictures below, recipe at bottom.......


3 cups  Penne, Shell macaroni, or Ziti pasta
2 cups Spaghetti sauce
2 tbs EVOO
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1 tbs oregano
2 tbs parmesan
1 cup Shredded Mozzarella 
 Baking Pan
With all the ingredients listed the better the quality the better the dish will be.
 In a large pot, fill it with water and some salt. After it gets to a rolling boil dump the pasta in, cook till its tender or Al Dente. Then drain the water from the pasta while keeping the pasta in the pot. Add all the ingredients to the pot and mix. Then take the pasta mixture and pour it into a baking pan. Sprinkle Mozzarella all over to cover the pasta, then put it into the oven at 400F for about 10-15 minutes or until the cheese has become golden brown.